Grit in the Windy City

Actress Madeleine Stowe ignites an ordinary thriller

The suspense is not as tightly wound as it might be. The mystery is not as deep or, when unraveled, as stunning as it could be. The detective (Aidan Quinn) is a little more crudely macho than he needs to be.

But all that is unimportant, for Blink has two terrific things going for it. One is director Michael Apted's gritty use of Chicago as a setting. He makes you feel the wind in your bones, and he puts its blue-collar toughness in your face all the time. The other is Madeleine Stowe.

Her intensity was visible but somewhat shaded in...

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